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Vincy Mas Launched: Innovations Promised

VincyMasLaunched2017After much anticipation and hype, the 40th edition of the June/July Vincy Mas was officially launched at the Victoria Park, last Saturday, May 6.

The countdown was begun officially to what promises to be a milestone year, featuring special 40th anniversary events as well as the revamping of the already existing shows.

Following whistle stops on the Leeward and Windward sides of the island, a parade got underway in the late afternoon hours, starting from the Cruise Ship Terminal and winding its way through Kingstown to Victoria Park.

The parade featured representations of traditional and contemporary mas and modern and pan-round the neck steelbands. The 2017 Miss SVG contestants, travelling in individual vehicles, took full advantage of the opportunity being part of the parade, as they waved to the many bystanders.

Expect a new thrust

At Victoria Park, Chairman of the Carnival Development Corporation (CDC), Ricardo Adams, in his address, spoke of the innovations and changes that he and his team would be bringing to the festival this year.

But first, he recognized in particular, Bertram ‘Molly’ Arthur, Chairman of the then Carnival Development Committee that marshalled the changeover 40 years ago and all those who took it from where it started in 1977, to where it is today.

"It is my hope that with this foundation we can grow from strength to strength to make Vincy Mas the main pillar of our cultural and tourism product,” Adams projected.

Among other changes, the CDC chairman spoke of the focus on marketing the festival, with an increased use of Social Media (Facebook and Instagram) along with the more traditional avenues of television, radio and newspapers.

"We must speak the language of the market,” Adams said, as he addressed a new focus on the youth. "We must pay attention to the youth in Carnival to develop the Jelani Nileses, the Saeed Bowmans, Rodney Smalls, the Chewalees, the Man Zanghies and the Hypa 4000s of tomorrow.”

Expect too, that the CDC will intensify its work with Calypso Tents, the Mas Bands and Steel Orchestras, to ensure proper structure, and to set them on a path to becoming genuine breeding grounds of new talent, to inform the national event.

"We will be ensuring that in order to deliver a quality event, that we pay attention to the venues, the quality of the acts and quality of the service that we offer,” he said.

Bacchanal time

Following the addresses, which also included one by the Minister of Culture, Cecil Mc Kie, it was time to get a taste from the components of Vincy Mas.

A number of established Mas (costume) bands and debutant Oxygen presented previews of their 2017 presentations, and J’Ouvert Fanatics gave an indication of what can be expected for this year’s J’Ouvert competition.

The Miss SVG contestants made their first public appearance, during which they made their introductory speeches which, from all indications, were well received by the large crowd.
Then it was time for the Calypsonian and Soca Artiste.

Reigning Calypso Monarch Zafir ‘Man Zangie’ Adams and Michael ‘Lord Have Mercy’ Olliverrie, the latter demonstrating his penchant for theatrics, carried the flame, commendably so, for the calypsonians.

The Soca flame burned brightly and with excessive heat, with performances by the likes of Lornette ‘Fya Empress’ Nedd , Joel ‘Dynamite’ Tyril, Hans John, Reon ‘Fete King Madzart’ Primus, Kester ‘Flanka’ Chapman, Ryan ‘Royal’ Abraham, and Shane ‘Hupa 4000’ Husbands, with the crescendo provided by the indefatigable pair of Delroy ‘Fireman’ Hooper and Gamal ‘Skinny Fabulous” Doyle.

All in all, the evening’s programme seemed to have excited the expectations of the patrons.

Source of Article:
The Vincentian